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Allergan Effect: Healthcare Hotter Than Ever Here

Healthcare remains integral and then some to OC’s economy, even as Irvine-based drugmaker Allergan Inc. gets ready to exit the stage as the largest publicly traded company based here

Ode to Local Pioneer; New Twists in Familiar Places

Larry Cano Left Stamp On Ever-Dynamic Food Scene

We recently lost Larry Cano, a true icon not only in Orange County dining but a major player in introducing America to sit-down Mexican dining and cuisine at a sophistication level way above the familiar taco genre.

Same Pitchman, New Sheriff in Kia’s Latest Campaign

Replaces Horse in Wild West, Visits Ancient Rome

Kia Motors America in Irvine released a new series of television commercials featuring NBA all-star Blake Griffin.

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Costa Mesa Firm Headed to Utah

Armada Skis Inc. is moving its headquarters from Costa Mesa to Park City, according to the Utah governor’s Office of Economic Development.

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More Passengers, Fewer Flights at JWA in November

John Wayne Airport reported an increase in total passengers of about 4% in November compared with a year earlier even as the number of commercial flights—take-offs and landings—declined by about 2%.

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Irvine Resort Operator Plans Napa Expansion

Irvine-based Pacific Hospitality Group has proposed a 134-room expansion to its Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, according to a news report.

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Freedom Shutters LB Register

Freedom Communications Inc. said it stopped publishing the Long Beach Register Sunday after shutting down the Los Angeles Register in September, and other publications this year.

Will Vizio’s Garden Grow Smart Sprinkler Startup?

Irvine-Based Brand Kicks In Seed Money, Office Space, Taiwan Connection

A startup launched by two of Skype’s earliest employees with the backing of Vizio Inc. hopes to make its mark in the “Internet of Things” market with the debut of a smart lawn sprinkler at next month’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Early Indicators Point to Strength, Staying Power for OC’s Economy

Is the outlook for business in Orange County hot or strong?

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JWA, Southwest to Add Routes

John Wayne Airport cemented deals for two new round-trip Southwest Airlines routes starting next summer.

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Brand Affinity in BK, Seeks Bidder

Brand Affinity Technologies Inc. has hired Irvine-based GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC to find potential bidders to acquire the cash-depleted advertising and social media company, according to a filing in bankruptcy court.

HK Buyer Adds Hotel at Gate of Disneyland Resort to OC Portfolio

REAL ESTATE: Renovation seen for 300-room Anaheim Plaza

A 300-room hotel across the street from the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is expected to see a major renovation following its sale to a Hong Kong-based investor.

2014 in Review: Big Deals, Doings

My, how you’ve grown. What else to say about Orange County’s business landscape over the past year?

Brand Consultant Celebrates 3 Decades With Book

Images in Tome Are A Retrospective on Its Work

InterCommunications Inc., a brand consulting company that specializes in the real estate and hospitality industries, recently published a coffee table book, “Imaging Places”—a 288-page portfolio of projects the Newport Beach firm has taken on over its 30 years in business.

Fisker Automotive Works on New Grand Plans

Costa Mesa Car Maker In Tests for Karma Relaunch

The deep pockets funding Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC’s revival have led the automaker to test several technologies and features as it prepares to relaunch its luxury hybrid Karma.